This pic arrived by e-mail with a short message: 'Are you ready for me?!!! I'm on my way!! :-)'
The Girl and spouse are in the Dominican Republic for a week of beach time. Bless 'em, they have it coming, as they are as hard-working a couple as you will ever encounter. We get a week of Lily Jane, Oscar the weenie dog, and brother Dawson, a nice kid of eleven who bubbles with little-boy enthusiasms and preferences. The Girl advised me to bolt for the Summer White House, but it's as yet not habitable, so I'm busy here cooing, cursing, and cooking. The Vatican has called asking for one of my knucklebones, post mortem, of course ... something about sainthood. 'Pappy is a saint.' Lily laughs like crazy when she hears that and then says, 'Nooooooo.'